• Twice-weekly skill-building classes in organization, time management and critical thinking
• Daily classes to address mild-to-moderate needs in reading, mathematics and/or written expression
Fishburne Learning Center courses are designed to improve a student’s academic skills and his metacognitive skills – those skills that allow one to monitor, evaluate and alter one’s approach to academic tasks in order to achieve a more desirable outcome. (Studies of successful individuals with learning differences have highlighted metacognitive skills as a primary factor in predicting an individual’s post-secondary success.)
Students enrolled in Fishburne Learning Center courses also benefit from frequent and direct communication between their teachers and the Learning Center staff. Each student is an active participant in this communication process as he takes on a growing level of responsibility for the communication so that he may enter college as an assured and effective self-advocate.
Successful individuals with learning differences use technology to assist them in their learning, not to do their learning for them. Toward that end, the Fishburne Learning Center teaches and encourages responsible use of assistive technology such as digitized textbooks and novels, text-to-speech and speech-to-text software, and interactive online reading and writing programs.
In a time when the line between boys and girls seems blurred, I think Blue Ridge stands out. The world still expects boys to become gentlemen and that is something only boys can become. Gentlemen are produced through experience and atmosphere, which is where Blue Ridge excels. - Archie Morgan (father of Jacob '15, Connor '16 and Selby '19)